Hate Crime - 376/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 17/04/2012
Date of response: 27/04/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 17th April 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the total number of recorded hate crimes in your police area for each of the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
For each year, please provide the overall recorded number of hate crimes and figures for each of the five monitored forms of hate crime classifications used by the criminal justice system (disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation and transgender).
Additionally, for each year please include the figure for total recorded anti-Semitic hate crimes.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however can not be disclosed for the following reasons.
Crimes are recorded using the following actual hate elements, Homophobic, Transphobic, Disability, Faith, Racist, Other. Figures for anti-Semitic crimes would be included in either Faith hate crime or a Racist hate crime. As there are in excess of 2750 Faith and Racist crimes for the period specified, to establish which of those, if any, are anti-Semitic would require each report to be viewed. However it should be noted that it is not necessarily guaranteed that the full details of the persons religious or racial status will be fully recorded on the computer records, as many of the fields are free text, it is not mandatory that they have to be filled in. This level of detail may only be known to the officers who dealt with individual incidents and crimes and would have to potentially be contacted to establish the full circumstances.
Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract the information for this part alone would take over 290 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the overall recorded number of hate crimes and figures for each of the six monitored forms of hate crime classifications as outlined above
If this would be useful you may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.
How to complain
If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp
If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.